OTTAWA – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament (Vegreville–Wainwright), today announced $15,000 to support the Vic Juba Community Theatre Board’s 2007 series, featuring music, theatre, children’s entertainment, and comedy from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and abroad.
“Canada’s New Government is proud to support an organization with the broad artistic capacity that the Vic Juba Theatre Board has,” said Minister Oda. “Thanks to great community-based theatres like this one, all Canadians can learn to appreciate the arts, through their diverse cross-section of programming—even children will be engaged by this year’s production of the ‘Frog Prince’ by the Alberta Opera.”
“The Vic Juba Community Theatre Board has been successful in forming long-term partnerships with the community,” said Mr. Benoit.
“Congratulations to all the board, staff and volunteers whose hard work has made the theatre’s presentations so successful.”
“Our organization is most grateful for the Canadian Heritage funding, as it allows our organization to present a series of artists and performances that we would otherwise be unable to offer our community,” said Vic Juba, chair of the Vic Juba Community Theatre Board.
The Vic Juba Community Theatre Board is a not-for-profit organization that presents diverse programming and encourages the arts as an essential component of community life. The Board’s multi-purpose theatre facility, which officially opened in March 2002, can accommodate music, theatre, and dance productions. The 2007 multidisciplinary performance series will run from April 1 to December 31.
Canada’s New Government has provided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to give Canadians more access to direct experiences of the diversity and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.